Dental Implants: Are You a Candidate?
Dental implants are truly a modern marvel, offering patients the ability to restore their smile to its original beauty after tooth loss. In addition to stimulating jawbone tissue to reduce bone and tissue resorption, dental implants also boast an impressive lifespan—capable of lasting as long as 20 years when well cared for by patients. Dr. Sander I. White performs implant restorations, and for implant placement will refer you to an excellent periodontist.
Although most people can successfully get dental implants, there are a select few who might not be right for the procedure, at least not without preparation. To find out where you fall, read on.
Good Candidates for Dental Implants:
Are Committed To Proper Oral Hygiene
Dental implants themselves might not be able to get cavities, but the rest of your natural teeth and the surrounding tissues can still be affected by oral decay. Bacterial infections can still take hold near the implant site, putting the stability and health of your implant in jeopardy. To ward off these kinds of problems, good candidates for dental implants need to be committed to proper oral hygiene and regular check-ups.
Have Sufficient Bone Density
Dental implants are only as strong as their anchor, which is why bone density is such an important factor in receiving dental implants. Before you are considered for the procedure, your periodontist will carefully evaluate the health, density, width, height, and depth of your jaw tissue. If the bone is too weak or too small, you may need bone grafting before implants can be placed.
Smoking can affect oral tissue healing, as well as put people at a much higher risk for developing periodontal disease and oral cancer. In order to help dental implants to heal and integrate as seamlessly as possible, patients need to be committed to stopping smoking, at least for the duration of their implant treatment and recovery period.
Don’t Grind or Clench Their Teeth
Teeth grinding or clenching can damage dental implants or make it impossible for them to heal. If you suffer from bruxism or tend to clench your teeth, those issues will need to be addressed before you can undergo dental implant surgery.
Haven’t Taken Certain Medications
Unfortunately, certain medications can disrupt the ability for bone to heal, which is why patients who have taken biphosphonate medications including Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva are not candidates for dental implants.
Understand the Timeline
Having dental implants placed can take anywhere from four months to a year or more, depending on your personal oral health and how many implants you are having placed. In order to be a candidate for dental implants, you need to understand your personal procedural timeline and be dedicated to coming in for regular checkups to inspect your healing.
Do Not Suffer From Uncontrolled Medical Conditions
Dental implant surgery relies heavily on your personal ability to heal, which is why patients with uncontrolled medical conditions may not be eligible for surgery. Here are a few conditions that could affect your dental implant procedure outcome:
Connective Tissue diseases
People who suffer from connective tissue diseases could have trouble with osseointegration, or the ability for the implant post to connect with the underlying bone.
During dental implant surgery, some bleeding does occur, which is why patients with uncontrolled hemophilia may not be candidates for implants.
Significant Immune Deficiencies
Patients who suffer from significant immune system deficiencies, such as AIDS, or who might be undergoing cancer treatment are probably not be eligible for dental implant surgery because it could put them at a higher risk for developing life-threatening infections.
Since diabetes can increase the sugar levels in your saliva and put you at a higher risk for developing serious tooth decay and other oral infections, patients with uncontrolled diabetes might not be right for dental implants.
- Connective Tissue diseases